Former Barber Pro Series stars Kenny Brack and Juan Montoya occupy the provisional front row for this weekendâ€™s CART FedEx Firestone Firehawk 500 at the Twin Ring Motegi Oval in Japan. With the possibility of rain wiping out tomorrowâ€™s ...
Former Barber Pro Series stars Kenny Brack and Juan Montoya occupy the provisional front row for this weekend’s CART FedEx Firestone Firehawk 500 at the Twin Ring Motegi Oval in Japan. With the possibility of rain wiping out tomorrow’s official qualifying session, the likelihood that the times will stand is high.
Brack has performed admirably in his rookie CART season, but has been dogged by mechanical woes and bad luck. He is hopeful that the 500 kilometer race on the high speed, high-banked oval will bring a change of fortune.
“Every race so far this year we've been back and forth between the primary car and spare car on the first day," Brack said. "It's been quite frustrating, so today was very nice. It's the first time we've had no problems on the first day so we're hoping for more of that. We will have to keep working hard to see if we can stay in the hunt.”
Montoya has also been consistently fast, but like Brack has been beset with mechanical problems. Montoya was only 0.020 sec. behind Brack who stopped the clocks at 26.072 sec for an average speed of 213.885 mph.
“I got only three laps in that car so I think we did a pretty good time. I'm very encouraged after the few laps we did,” Montoya said following a problem with an oil seal on his gearbox.
Joining Brack and Montoya in the provisional Top-10 are Skip Barber alumni Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan in eighth and ninth respectively.